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I accidently poked a hole in my kombucha scoby D:

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 23, 2013 at 10:57 PM

I transferred the jar where I'm growing my scoby to the pilot light on top of my stove and it seems to be doing better allready, but I noticed some of the scoby was submerged so I (stupidly) went in with a plastic knife and tried to bring it above the surface, but I ended up poking a hole around it along the edge D: Will it still be allright, should I not worry about it and let it wait some more for the hole to grow back together, or should I go back to square one?

532cfd279d793e8fcc23b9f6d91dde5c

(1981)

on March 24, 2013
at 01:21 PM

You don't need to worry about it. January's answer below is accurate. Think of the SCOBY like a tiny city. You just created a man-made lake. It won't do any damage.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on March 24, 2013
at 03:12 AM

:). I mean the colony is fine, though surely some individuals did die on the blade.

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on March 24, 2013
at 02:41 AM

:) ty.. kk i think ive seen the tea on i herb ..cool you make your own!

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on March 24, 2013
at 01:56 AM

This answer is correct, but for some reason it also makes me laugh. I like the way you phrase the observation that microorganisms are not injured by poking.

A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

on March 24, 2013
at 01:08 AM

a Scoby is a S.ymbiotic C.olony O.f Y.easts and B.acteria. You need it in order to brew kombucha tea

A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

on March 24, 2013
at 12:54 AM

Ok good how long should I wait before it heals?

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on March 23, 2013
at 11:04 PM

scooby doooby dooo where are you ..:) ( i gotta look up what yall mean by this kombusha scooby .. but in the meantime ill sing. Sorry u busted it wutever it is >>:)

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532cfd279d793e8fcc23b9f6d91dde5c

(1981)

on March 23, 2013
at 10:59 PM

It's fine. You didn't hurt it.

532cfd279d793e8fcc23b9f6d91dde5c

(1981)

on March 24, 2013
at 01:21 PM

You don't need to worry about it. January's answer below is accurate. Think of the SCOBY like a tiny city. You just created a man-made lake. It won't do any damage.

A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

on March 24, 2013
at 12:54 AM

Ok good how long should I wait before it heals?

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Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on March 24, 2013
at 01:26 AM

A SCOBY is a colony of microorganisms, so it isn't actually injured by poking it. Keep using it as usual so it doesn't starve. Eventually it will generate enough polysaccharide goop to close the hole.

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on March 24, 2013
at 01:56 AM

This answer is correct, but for some reason it also makes me laugh. I like the way you phrase the observation that microorganisms are not injured by poking.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on March 24, 2013
at 03:12 AM

:). I mean the colony is fine, though surely some individuals did die on the blade.

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F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on March 24, 2013
at 06:37 AM

You have to apologize first. Then put a band-aide on it. Then tell it how much you love it and that you will never do it again.

Just go for kefir grains. You can eat them too!

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D506addcc6b3820fe89fb9736a6520b8

on March 24, 2013
at 01:37 AM

It'll be okay. Since it's a live organism, the SCOBY will grow back.

I can't recommend this resource more highly for kombucha growing. It gives specific, step by step instructions for brewing your own kombucha plus recipes. It's a science akin to brewing beer. I've been brewing my own kombucha for 2 years now and that book taught me everything I know. Delicious! http://www.culturesforhealth.com/free-kombucha-ebook

Also, I recommend becoming taking extra caution re: "touching" your SCOBY. It isn't going to do well with additional germs (even though it's an organism itself). Limiting the SCOBY exposure to outside germ influences will help your tea be more successful in the long run ;-)

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